Agile Roadmap

An agile roadmap is a strategic, high level plan of action for achieving a specific vision or objective. In idea management a roadmap communicates upcoming implementations of ideas with a focus on content and priorities, rather than a concrete timeline.


Eisenhower Matrix

The Eisenhower Matrix is a simple, but powerful way of prioritizing tasks or ideas using a quadrant with importance on the vertical axis and urgency on the horizontal axis. Named after Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th president of the United States. the traditional format uses a 2x2 grid with just unimportant/important and urgent/not urgent classifications. Urgent important ideas are done first, not important urgent tasks are delegated and not urgent important tasks are scheduled. Neither urgent, nor important tasks are simply eliminated, i.e., not done at all.



To put a focus on something means to concentrate your attention on the most pressing needs. Focus is important in all task management techniques, because it allows you to concentrate on important and urgent matters and thus, increase your personal productivity where it matters most.


Idea management

Idea management can be defined as an active process of creating, capturing, improving, organizing, evaluating and prioritizing new ideas.


Ideabook is a personal idea management app with roadmapping support for iPhone and iPad.


Ideation is defined as the creative process of generating, developing and capturing of new ideas. Various ideation techniques can help in gaining valuable insight or nurturing alternative thinking in order to come up with ideas that would not have emerged through normal processes.


The quality of something being important. In task management often synonymous with priority. Importance is one of the two axis used in the Eisenhower Matrix prioritization technique.

Innovation Management

Innovation management is just another term for idea management.



Kanban (Japanese for "sign") is a work management system that visualizes tasks as they move through a defined process in the form of a Kanban board. Originally developed by Taiichi Ohno as part of the Toyota's lean manufacturing initiative to improve production efficiency, today Kanban has developed into a major agile methodology for task and project management.

Kanban Board

A Kanban board visualizes process steps as columns. Work is then assigned to these steps by putting cards onto the respective columns. In task management process steps are often task statuses, but they can be anything which can be defined in the form of discreet values. Kanban boards are the central element of the Kanban work management system.



A portfolio refers to a collection of projects or ideas that are typically related to each other in some way. In idea management you will have portfolios that resemble your majors areas of work, research, or interest.


Prioritization is seen as the process of deciding the relative importance of things. The goal is that you can deal with the most important things before the others. A widely used prioritization technique is the Eisenhower Matrix where you basically weigh importance vs. urgency.


See Agile Roadmap.



Urgency is defined as the quality of requiring immediate action or attention. Urgency is one of the two axis used in the Eisenhower Matrix prioritization technique. In task management urgency is often expressed by assigning due dates to urgent tasks.